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A Sewer Runs Through It: A History of the River des Peres

on Tue, 03/14/2023 - 9:01pm
03/22/2023 - 7:00pm

a film showing and discussion …

7 pm, Wed, March 22, 2023

Lewis Center, 725 Kingsland Ave, University City 63130

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The 48 min movie documents historic mistakes made in “managing” the River des Peres (RdP). RdP is the most flash flood prone stream in Missouri. Yet, in the 1920s, wide sloping plains absorbed flood water, resulting in minimal damage. What changed to make the floods of July 26 & 29, 2022 so destructive? The 2008 movie suggests what happened and how rivers can be brought back to life and contribute to communities. The panel discussion which follows will feature comments from those whose interviews appear in it and cover potential steps to lessen damage from future floods. Panelists include …

  • Claire Schosser was a Missouri Stream Team volunteer water quality monitor for the southwest branch of the River des Peres from 2001 through 2009.

  • Dan Sherburne was Research Director at the Missouri Coalition for the Environment when interviewed for the movie and has worked for the River des Peres Watershed Coalition.

  • Eric Stein is a retired engineer, technical educator, and member of the University City Storm Water Commission (specializing in flood warning systems and channel studies).

  • Chuck Caverly is a botanist and ISA Certified Arborist with Native Landscape Solutions, which specializes in ecological consulting and habitat restoration.

River des Peres, Jan 2023. Sherry Nash.

Don Fitz (moderator) is Flood Task Force chair, University Heights Neighborhood Assoc.

The event is coordinated by the Flood Task Force of the University Heights Neighborhood Assoc. with co-sponsorship by the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Sierra Club, Missouri Stream Team, River des Peres Watershed Coalition, Green Party of St. Louis and Open Space-STL.